Women's Hockey Battles Amherst to 1-1 Tie

Elizabeth Wulf won 14 of 17 face-offs in the game.
Elizabeth Wulf won 14 of 17 face-offs in the game.

Middlebury and Amherst battled to a 1-1 overtime tie in game two of a NESCAC series on Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The sixth-ranked Panthers (6-2-2, 4-1-1) earned three points in the series after picking up a 3-1 victory over the Purple and White (4-4-2, 1-3-2) on Friday night. Middlebury returns to action when it hosts Stevenson on Friday night at 7:00, while Amherst will visit Saint Anselm on Wednesday.

Following a scoreless first period, Amherst got on the board with a power-play goal 3:02 into the second. Alex Toupal's shot from the top of the left circle was tipped in down low by Emma Griese for her first of the season. The tally was just the third given up by the Panthers this season while shorthanded.

Middlebury answered at the 12:55 mark when Maddie Winslow moved into a tie for the team lead with her fifth goal of the season. Jessica Young carried the puck through the slot before her shot was deflected by Amherst netminder Sabrina Dobbins. The puck squirted to Winslow on the doorstep, who knocked it into an open net.

Amherst had a great chance to go back on top in the third period, but Toupal's shorthanded breakaway bid was denied by a stellar save from Panther goaltender Lin Han. The hosts were unsuccessful on two third-period power plays, before Han made a nice glove save on a high shot from Caitlyn Ryan with 2:45 remaining. Middlebury nearly went ahead with 1:00 left when a deflection from Winslow and tip from Young were both turned away.

In overtime, Ryan had a good look but saw her shot saved by Han 2:15 into the extra session. With 1:02 remaining, Toupal broke in on the left wing, but Han flashed a pad to deny her attempt. The Panthers raced back down the ice with a bid, but Young was stopped by a blocker save from Dobbins moments later.

Han finished with 24 saves, while Dobbins made 32 as Middlebury owned a 33-25 shot advantage in the game.